I wonder what the Prohibitionists of yesteryear would have thought about the idea of a Beer of the Month Club, wherein you could have alcoholic brews delivered to your home. They probably wouldn’t have been too crazy about the concept.
This Beer of the Month Club Review features a brewery that goes by the name of “Speakeasy” and calls San Francisco – aka Butchertown – home. Their flagships are the Big Daddy IPA and the Prohibition Ale, both of which arrived in threes in April’s 12-pack. Speakeasy has also recently diversified its line to include two new beers by the name of Prohibition-era dames: Scarlett Red Rye and Tallulah Extra Pale Ale. Based on the names and packaging alone, I want to visit to find out if Speakeasy’s building is dimly lit and features art deco style furniture, with a soft jazz rift strumming in the background.
The Prohibition Ale is an American-style ale. It’s reddish shade echoes the flashy red label, which evoked the dramatic lines and colors of Sin City, the beautiful crime thriller based on a graphic novel. The Ale is only lightly bitter and even a little sweet, with notes of citrus and other interesting flavors. For me, it went down quickly and perfectly with a dinner of homemade pork dumplings and rice.
The Big Daddy IPA directly poses the question “Who’s Your Daddy?” at the top of its label, beneath an image of dark eyes. I’m sure the Speakeasy Brewery would be dismayed to learn that my “daddy” is not a beer drinker!
This IPA gets right down to business with a sharp, bitter flavor designed for lovers of strong, unadulterated hops. No sweetness here. I can drink some mild IPAs without grimacing, but the Big Daddy is definitely not one of them.
That said, these were both great spring beers – light, complex, refreshing. They also made great compliments to a Cinco De Mayo spread of fish tacos, taco ring (a circular dish comprised of taco fillings stuffed inside a baked circle of pastry dough!) and queso fundido (I used Bud, not wanting to waste one of these beers on melted cheese…).
Reflecting on the great combination of the Speakeasy Ales and Mexican cuisine gave me an idea: what if I construct a meal around at least one of the beers I get from every the Original Craft Beer Club selection? I will derive inspiration from the name, the label, the taste and the color and then devise a dinner that harmonizes with it. Stay tuned…